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The Tatura Guardian - - Community - — Fr Michael Mor­ley, Sa­cred Heart Parish Tatura

Cel­e­bra­tions over

We’ve done all the pre­par­ing, we’ve cel­e­brated with fam­ily and eaten moun­tains of food, we’ve given and re­ceived gifts and now we are re­viv­ing after the ex­haus­tion of the Christ­mas sea­son.

I will share some­thing with you which will help put all the above in to the con­text of the sea­son of the birth of Christ.

A friend shared a lit­tle speech from a fam­ily mem­ber that was given on Thanks­giv­ing Day. She said that God had been supremely good to her.

She com­mented on the lush farm­land, the beau­ti­ful sup­port­ive com­mu­nity, the free­dom she en­joyed in their coun­try, and of course her hus­band and two boys.

One boy was born with a list of se­ri­ous health con­di­tions in­clud­ing a cleft palate, a heart de­fect re­quir­ing open heart surgery when just six-weeks old, and Downs Syn­drome, to name a few.

She didn’t look at all those as bless­ings, but the lessons learned were bless­ings. She said the tal­ent of the sur­geons, the in­sight of the nurs­ing staff were ex­am­ples of peo­ple shar­ing their God given gifts.

Also, the love, com­pas­sion and faith of other par­ents she met on her count­less vis­its to the hos­pi­tal in­spired her, gave her courage and strength­ened her faith.

She ad­mit­ted she couldn’t ever re­pay the kind­ness and help of a won­der­ful friend who came to her home to care her son for sev­eral years.

In time he was able to at­tend a day-care cen­tre like any other child and this meant the world to his mother.

The story goes on, but this lady tells me that no mat­ter what hand we are dealt in life, look for the good at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

She had rea­sons to say that God was not kind to her and her fam­ily; yet she was able to see the hand of God in ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one be­cause she saw the good.

Her mes­sage and ex­am­ple give us some prac­ti­cal lessons for Christ­mas — no mat­ter what is hap­pen­ing in our lives dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son, look for the good . . . the Christ Child will be ev­ery­where.

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